Minnesota Timberwolves’ point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a sprained elbow during his team’s Saturday evening loss to the Sacramento Kings and will be further evaluated on Sunday, according to the franchise’s public relations department.
Rubio had posted five points, five assists and three steals in 28 minutes before sustaining the injury.
While no one knows the extent of the damage at this point, there is a chance that the veteran signal caller could miss some time if a MRI reveals that the sprain is severe. The 26-year-old floor general is off to a rather rough start this season, averaging 4.5 points, 6.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds through the first two games. He is shooting just 33.3 percent from the floor and is yet to make a three-pointer.
Should Rubio be sidelined, the Timberwolves have several options with which they can replace him, namely rookie Kris Dunn and second-year guard Tyus Jones. Some have questioned just how much more time Rubio has in Minnesota due to the team’s depth at the point guard position.
The Spaniard was originally selected by the Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Overall, Rubio, who drew comparisons to legends such as Magic Johnson and Pete Maravich when he first came over to the NBA, has been a bit of a disappointment thus far. He has had some trouble staying healthy, playing only two “full” seasons as he played all 82 games in 2013-2014 and 76 games in 2015-2016. Still, Rubio’s slick passing and tenacious defense have still earned him a reputation as a rather valuable player around the league.
The Timberwolves, a team expected by some to be a playoff sleeper this season, are off to a 0-2 start.